Virtually every business worldwide has intellectual property that may be of vital importance to its continued success.
Our role is to enable you to make the most of your intellectual property assets through protection, enforcement, commercialisation and audits. We will work with you to establish your needs and objectives for IP protection, and will identify the most suitable form, geographical extent, and availability of protection and manage the relevant process.
It is obviously important to ensure that your intellectual property is protected and that the protection remains current, providing what you require as your business grows and diversifies. Our IP lawyers advise on the appropriate forms of protection available and assist you to obtain relevant protections whether through registered rights such as trade marks to protect your brand, designs, or patents protecting inventions, or unregistered rights such as copyright or the protection of trade secrets and confidential information. We can conduct audits of all aspects of your IP whether for new projects, acquisitions, investments, or strategic housekeeping. We have significant experience of managing IP portfolios nationally and internationally for a wide range of clients, and have looked after some clients’ brands for decades.
An issue you may face is the unauthorised registration and/or use of your IP. We provide advice and will represent you in addressing this, with a focus on dispute resolution where possible or swift action, whether in the Courts or IP tribunals, where it is not. If you receive or are threatened with a claim, our IP litigation experts will advise you on the merits and assist in resolving the issue, whether negotiated settlement or robust defence.
Your IP is a very valuable asset and its value may be maximised through licensing, acquisitions or disposals. Our team advises on a broad range of commercial needs from research, development and joint ventures to franchising and merchandising and of course supporting you with the IP aspects of acquisitions or disposals. Whether you require the preparation of commercial contracts or just a “sanity check”, we are there to meet your needs. We also help you clear advertising (print or broadcast) and promotions, comply with regulations, and challenge third parties’ advertising where necessary.
Working with colleagues across all relevant legal disciplines, our integrated approach for clients from the largest multi-nationals to start-ups ensures seamless advice across all your commercial requirements from inception to market. We understand the importance of your IP whatever your size. We are one of the few leading City law firms with the ability to provide a holistic approach, and a complete ‘one stop shop’, to meet your needs across the full range of intellectual property.
Brexit presented a big challenge to owners of IP and now the transition period has ended there are ongoing issues to consider as a result of the changes. For us, with offices in the UK and the EU, it is business as usual for IP matters, but we have produced guidance on the implications of Brexit on all types of intellectual property and our recommended action points here.
Meet the team
Bullfighting ... as a copyright work?
Joint and several liability for IP infringement - Directors beware
Olivia takes an in-depth look at the recent Lifestyle Equities v Ahmed case in the Court of Appeal
Brexit: Trade Marks and Designs
Charlotte outlines all you need to know before the next post-Brexit deadline on trade marks and designs
Anna Sowerby writes for The Fashion Law on the new collaborative approach being taken by luxury brands and online platforms to fight fakes
Online platforms are now under pressure to be more proactive in their approach to tackling the ever-escalating issue of counterfeit goods.
Antiques Trade Gazette and eprivateclient cover this firm's hire of art and luxury asset specialist Chris Haywood in Dubai
Chris joins the firm as a Senior Associate in the Dubai office.
Pfizer, Ted Danson and the Olympic Vaccine Solution
#cake – a trial by social media
Brexit and intellectual property: Gibraltar, the Isle of Man and
Charlotte looks at where else trade mark and design protection may be required following Brexit.
Diversification of landed estates – a trade mark lawyer’s advice...
Mary looks at the diversification of landed estates and offers her expert advice from a trade mark perspective
Charlotte Duly writes for the Trademark Lawyer Magazine on the legal issues that tribute bands face when selecting a name
Picking a name for a tribute act that makes it clear what they offer whilst avoiding issues with the actual band can be a challenge.
Brexit and Intellectual Property: one month on
Charlotte looks at the impact of Brexit on intellectual property one month on
The Tricky Issue of Joint Authorship in Copyright Works
Where more than one person creates a work, it can be deemed ‘joint authorship’ and each has the same rights as a sole author would.
We’re not all going on a summer holiday – what are the implications for all those unused trade mark registrations?
IP in a Pod: Social Media
What IP issues surround the use and protection of hashtags, memes, GIFs and stickers?
Influencer Agreements: Six points that a business should consider
Due to the commercial power that influencers have over their followers, businesses are increasingly looking to secure their services.
MP’s to Investigate the ‘Economic Impact’ of Music Streaming
The DCMS announced that an inquiry is to be launched into the economics of the music streaming industry.
Q&A examining information notices and the right to manage
Can section 82 of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 enable an RTM company to serve an information notice on a third party?
Copyright Infringement – Link Available Here
If you reproduce someone else’s work in the form of a link, you could fall foul of copyright law.
Burger King, Stevenage and my FIFA confusion
Trade Mark success for the gymnastics National Governing Body
In a recent case, it was found that UK trade marks for "British Gymnastics, More than a sport" were infringed.